New Gun Control Laws Take Effect in Virginia

Gun-control legislation signed into law last April by Gov. Ralph Northam rolled out this week in Virginia. 

All of the following took effect on July 1, 2020: 

  • Universal Background Checks (UBCs)
  • Red flag law (“extreme risk protection order” law) 
  • One handgun a month for those without a concealed handgun permit
  • Reporting lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours
  • Increase in penalty for someone under 14 years old getting reckless access to a firearm (becomes a class 1 misdemeanor)
  • Municipalities Can Ban Guns in Gov’t Buildings 

Dubby Carr, the owner of Dubby’s Fishing and Hunting, indicated to local media that the new laws only serve to chill the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens.  

“Any of the laws that they have [passed] aren’t going to change anything for the better,” Carr told WHSV3. “It’s not going to make anything different than it already is, except make it harder.”

Carr added that, for him personally, he may have to run a few more background checks on occasion as the UBC bill criminalizes private transfers.  

“It really won’t increase my paperwork other than having to do the additional background checks for [private sellers], which I’m feeling like there’s not going to be a lot of those,” Carr explained.

Carr also pointed out the main problem with universal background checks, there is no way to effectively enforce them.  

“But, who is going to police that? How are they going to make sure that’s happening?” Carr said. “Unless neighbor one and neighbor two say, ‘Hey let’s go into Dubby’s and get a background check.‘”

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Right.  UBCs are useless without universal gun registration and a digital database that tracks every purchase, sale, and transfer nationwide.  Without it, there is no way for law enforcement to ensure compliance with the reliability and immediacy to make even a slight impact.  

Of course, even under those Orwellian conditions, the registry would only track law-abiding gun owners who opted into the system because they made a lawful purchase at an FFL or self-reported a transfer at a gun store.

Criminals would find a way to circumvent it altogether, using the same tried and true tactics they do now to skirt existing gun laws: gun theft, black market, dark web, straw purchasers.  

What one begins to realize is that UBCs are nothing more than a primer for additional gun legislation, mainly a registry.  This is one of the long term goals of the anti-gun establishment, to be able to quickly identify every responsible gun owner in the country along with every firearm in his or her possession.  

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Why would our government want to do that?  Answer’s obvious.  Systematic confiscation.  It’s easy to incrementally disarm a country when you know who has all the guns (and you enact red flag laws that allow police to seize firearms from individuals alleged to be a danger to public safety as opposed to just those who’ve actually been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor offense for domestic violence).

Maybe all this is a long way off, but more gun control is coming down the pike if things don’t change in the commonwealth.  The Virginia General Assembly failed to enact a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”  It may re-consider that bill in 2021.  To that end, Mr. Carr is worried about the future. 

“It worries me to death, it worries me,” Carr said. “This is not the Virginia I grew up in.”

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Give Me Freedom July 10, 2020, 2:42 pm

    Let’s see how many citizens they abuse with the new Red Flag gun confiscation laws in Virginia. No trial by an impartial jury or a day in court. The police just show up one day and your guns are gone. Good luck getting your firearms back ever. You are guilty until you prove yourself innocent under these tyrant laws.

    In Florida they have already done this to thousands of people. No trial by an impartial or or day in court until after they take the firearms away. They say stripping the firearms from Florida citizens is only temporary. Do not believe that for a minute.

  • Chum Lee July 3, 2020, 12:39 pm

    Too late to help James Hodgkinson, but the next lefty with an SKS rifle will benefit greatly. Bring at least 8 minutes’ of ammo comrade– you’ll get to use it all.

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